How to Mix Color: The Many Shades of Gray, Split Primary Palette


This is Kevin McCain with Kevin McCain Studios and today we’re going to talk about mixing wonderful grays the
easiest way to mix grays and I’ve Left some mixers out who have already
done. Mostly because their secondary colors. the best way to start with grays or to
get gray color is to mix compliments. So if I had my my violet color over here the best thing
I could do is grab a yellow now depending on which yellow I get its
going to effected it a little differently but by
adding yellow to my grey and depend on of course how much yellow I had to my gray look at this color I’ve got this is a very nice grey
color. I could enlighten it with white if I
needed to to get it higher on the value scale. Whatever, but I immediately have a nice grey color. Any compliments is the quickest way to again gray your colors. Here I have oranges what’s the
compliment orange? Well the compliment of orange is blue and so I’m going to grab a little bit of blue and I’m going to go ahead mix that blue
into that orange. And of course you’re gonna get different things and it has grayed down that orange already and has dropped it into what some would say that’s
it seems to be kind of… it’s dropped into the browns
really. And I could add more blue to gray down
even more. Just a little bit more and again that has… its a nice warm grey. Again I could light that if I needed it to be
higher on the value scale I could also you know
dark if I needed to deep it on the on the value but again a nice,
wonderful gray color and depending on its context depending on
how much red I added back to it this seems to be shifting towards the green side I could add a little more orange to it I could keep a green however I wanted. Let’s check out the greens let’s get some green here the compliment of green is red and so I’m going to go ahead and grab a little bit red and add that red to my green I start out with kind of a
blue-green so I added an orange-red that’s the way
it’s a little more complimentary to the color and again I’ve got this nice grey green I could
continue to add more red until it starts first to feel like a grayed red
but you know it just depends on how much of each color I’m adding but again I got this wonderful grayed color a nice… grayed green if I wanted to again make it more red and I could add just a bit more red to that and now I have a gray that is
much more red isn’t that nice grays are wonderful colors because most your colors are not super screaming intense otherwise it
would give your head a to look at your paintings paintings are mostly almost 80% grayed color with just little bits of more intense color vibrating against the other grayed
browns your neutrals these different things is what’s going to give you’re painting that life so on. Remember when you’re mixing gray colors your going to with start with your complimentary colors. In terms of complimentary colors we can look at our our little color chart right here and this is a color oval lets say not quite a wheel because its more of an oval but the compliments are those that are opposite on the color wheel so blue is the opposite of or
compliment of orange red is the compliment of green and vice versa green is the compliment of red and yellow is a compliment of violet so again and you’re going to use those
complimentary colors to create your greens… pardon me your
grays. That’s what this represents is
that you can mix your colors neutralizing its intensity
into becomes kinda being neutral grey and that’s what this represents in the middle the color wheel for
those that are wondering but anyways so yeah through mixing
complimentary colors you can get your wonderful grays. This
has been Kevin McCain on mixing grays you can find out more about me and my
workshops find out what I’m doing get our tips and different things like that
at kevinmccainstudios.com. Have a great day.

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